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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders | [Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry]

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
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Publisher's Summary

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    J Frances 08-15-12
    J Frances 08-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Evil vs Good, this time evil won"

    I was about 13 when the Manson murderous rampage happened. It shook me greatly when I realized that the world I lived in was not all fun and play and happiness. There was more to this world than I ever would have thought or believed. I saw the TV movie based on this book and it was gripping, but did not come close to this book. Some parts I could not bear to hear and had me cringing and shaken. It was difficult to put down once I started to listen. I wondered how some of these murder cases ever get solved, the police in this case out of touch with other law enforcement. Must be a California thing. Bugliosi was brilliant in his prosecution. This story led me to follow up on all of the characters in the Manson Family to see where they are today. Are some people that easily led by a madman? Shocking. If you love true life murder stories, this is the one for you.

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    sherry Los Banos, CA, United States 08-12-12
    sherry Los Banos, CA, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Audio books have opened my world so much. I have been a member for a few years and i plan on being a member for many more years <3

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    "Good Book, but very long."
    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    sick,scary,sad


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Not sure he told the story very well.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes real. Believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this book sad. Its always sad when people die, because of idiots.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I new the whole story. But i didnt. I learned so much with this book.

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    amyjh98 Melbourne, Australia 08-01-12
    amyjh98 Melbourne, Australia 08-01-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Unbelievably Good"
    What did you love best about Helter Skelter?

    Wow, this story (and the way it was written and performed) blew me away. I can't believe that it actually happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Helter Skelter?

    The description of the court cases, I found really interesting. I expected these sections to be really dry reading, but I couldn't put it down


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    He had the perfect voice for this. No nonsense, but not dry and boring, he made the story come to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this for true crime readers, but also its just a cracking story, disturbing yes, weird yes, but the way it is written gets you in and doesn't let go, even when it ends!

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    Crystal Wilson north carolina 07-25-12
    Crystal Wilson north carolina 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Most informative"
    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, horrifying, compelling


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How much of the case you had never heard better


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He uses his voice with a range of differences. It was some times hard to tell it was the same person.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mr. Bugliosi gave updates on who's where n what the are up to.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in CA so I remember this case well. I was young but it made a major impact on our environment there. Here you get never before released information. Its amazing that this case was ever solved. Thank god for a lot of people who stood unafraid or afraid yet brave.

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    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 07-01-12
    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 07-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Boomlarry

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    "Great story about an epic prosecution"
    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top- very satisfying and provided a lot of details about a case that really gripped the country and especially Southern California. This was a paradigm shifting case. The almost laissez faire attitude of the LAPD is pretty staggering given the horrific nature of the crimes and the fact that the perpetrators weren't done.


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    The Onion Field and In Cold Blood come to mind although those crimes were unfortunately as exceptional as the Tate/La Bianca killings. After 36 years wearing a badge, it still amazes me how marginal people can cause such tragedy. It may explain why the Kennedy assassination is still surreal.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good steady narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Vincent Bugliosi did an exceptional job with the case and this book should be required reading or listening to every prosecutor and cop starting his or her career.

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    Mamalama 06-22-12
    Mamalama 06-22-12

    This profile is under my husband's name since Audible merged with Amazon. So just call me Bob. Or wife of Bob. Or the reader in the family. Whatever.

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    "History rocks!!"

    I first read this book years ago. This story is creepy, fascinating, amazing, horrifying and TRUE!! Highly recommend.

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    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 06-19-12
    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 06-19-12
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    "Great book made better by Audible"
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Yes, an engrossing and entertaining book is meant to be read again and again and this falls under both categories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read this book for the first time in 1975 when I was 15 years old. I happened to be in LA visiting family when the murders occured so I had more than a bit of interest in the story. Hearing it gave me more detail and the afterword of 25 years later was very interesting.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He used some inflections and mild accents so you can tell the difference between the characters in conversations. I appreciated that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme, some chuckles at some of the humerous parts of the story (the story itself isn't humorous but some of the characters were). I recall cringing a bit at some of the details of the murders, I think being older it bothered me more than when I was 15.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the copywrite was 2010, I had hoped for more information, such as the death of Susan Atkins and other details but I was satisfied with the book and thanks so much to Audible!

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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 06-11-12
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unfortunately the best true crime story"

    I remember these horrible incidents well. It happened during the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I still have my well worn paperback book after all of these years. I always admired Vincent Bugliosi for delving into such a risky story as he did. Bad enough for his family he was prosecutor on the case, but just dealing with such madness day in and day out is uncomprehensible. Still the best true crime story ever, unfortunately.

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    Wendy Raffel 05-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting"
    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. The story is compelling all the way through, no small feat for a book this length.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I knew only the barest facts of the Manson case and nothing about the trial. What I learned has left me with quite a bit to think about. There is depth to this story, thanks to Bugilosi's detailed recounting of every aspect of the events, both the killings, the trial and the lives of all involved. This is not a story I will ever forget.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is, as usual, an outstanding narrator and adds to a great deal to the already strong material with his spot-on narrative, impeccable pronunciation and timing.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in the world around them.

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    T. Chambers Conyers, GA, United States 05-03-12
    T. Chambers Conyers, GA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Mother of four great boys!

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    "Great Listen and narrator!"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Of course I had heard of Charles Manson, but I didn't know all the details. The narrator brought the characters alive. It was hard to stop listening to this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! It is such a captivating story and Scott Brick does great voices even for the women. There was not one dull moment in this book. Great work Mr. Bugliosi and thank you for writing it. I'm a strong believer in knowing our history because it can and will repeat itself.


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